IR blaster to be used with the Fri3dcamp 2020 badge
We succeeded in transmitting data over a range of 32 meter.
Aiming the blasters became impractical at a range of about 25 meters.Read more »
Since the blaster is designed for kids, adults might feel the handle as being a bit too cramped. Luka made a mockup for a lasercut handle built out of 3mm thick material and using some wooden skewers to assemble it.
This design will be refined with the next revision of the hardware and will also be converted into a 3D printable model with snaps / screw holes so everyone can make their own handle and modify it to fit their needs.
So we started on the next revision of the blaster. Mainly we'll be increasing the solderability of the finer pitch through hole parts (TO-92 and 5mm WS2812 LED) and increasing the pads of the SMD parts for the same reason.
One of the new features added will be the choice of USB connector. Currently only a USB-B was foreseen, since it's really easy to solder and the minimum SMD pitch would be 1.27mm, perfect for the beginner in SMD soldering. But by popular demand we added the Micro USB, with 0.65mm pitch, and USB C 16pins with 0.5mm pitch. For the Micro USB connector we made sure to source one that does not have metal at the backside, reducing the chance of creating a solder bridge between the casing and the pins and making sure that the heat of the solder iron goes towards the pin and not the casing. We do run the risk of some molten connectors, but we'll make sure to have some spare ones available on site.
After burning the Arduino bootloader, a quick test was uploaded and so far the LEDs seem to work as expected. Although the Through Hole has Red and Green swapped compared to the SMD WS2812b LEDs.
All components are in, so it's time to assemble the first prototype.
AQC deliverded the PCBs. And everything seems to fit! Now it's a matter of waiting for the components to arrive.